New York To Offer Covid Vaccination, Testing To All Attending High-Level UN General Assembly Session

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More than 100 senior officials will arrive in New York next week to attend a high-level session of the UNGA. (To file)

The United Nations:

As world leaders arrive to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly next week amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York City will have set up facilities that will offer COVID vaccination and testing -19 to all who attend high level meetings.

The President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, in his remarks at the opening of the 76th session of the UNGA on Tuesday, said that in order to recover from COVID19, the vaccination of the world is its primary focus and it will hold a high-level thematic debate on immunization equity with leading experts and world leaders.

“As you all know, our host nation has made vaccines universally available to the entire United Nations family, including staff and delegates. I am pleased to announce that New York City will also be providing immunization resources. and test for all participants of the High Level Week, “he said, urging UN envoys and delegates to be an” example “for the world and” do our part in meeting the demands. local “.

Mr. Shahid, while speaking to UN reporters, asked if the delegations coming to the UNGA had informed him if they were not vaccinated due to the lack of access to vaccines in their country.

“I do not have an answer to this question. I have not been told how many people arrive without vaccines, but the host country has informed me that they will have the means to vaccinate everyone who attends the Assembly. general if they wish. It will be facilitated. “

More than 100 heads of state and government and many other foreign ministers and delegates will arrive in New York next week to attend the annual high-level session of the General Assembly, which had gone virtual in 2020 due to of the COVID19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden are among world leaders who will address the UN general debate in person next week. However, concerns have been expressed that the UNGA high-level week will become a “big-ticket event” as delegations come from various parts of the world amid a still raging pandemic and low vaccination rates in many countries.

Last month, the United States, the host country of the UN headquarters, urged heads of government and state and ministers to make their statements to the UN general debate via video instead of traveling to New York to ensure that the high profile week does not become a “super-broadcaster event”.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield writes to 193 UN member states that as host country for UN Headquarters, her country bears “significant responsibility” to ensure the safety of participants and residents of New York.

“The same goes for the Secretariat and the President of the General Assembly. We need your help to prevent UNGA High Level Week 76 from being a big event,” she wrote. in the letter.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at a press conference last week that “New York City has offered all delegates coming to the General Assembly the opportunity to be vaccinated and we here will have a … I mean, a system to do it.

He said New York City is cooperating with the UN very effectively and thanked the authorities for this.

During the general debate, only four delegates from a country, including the Head of State or Government, will be present in the General Assembly Hall.

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